Penguins get player shopping done early acquiring Brenden Morrow, Douglas Murray

Sharks defenceman Douglas Murray (left) checks Jets left winger Andrew Ladd. Murray was traded to...

Sharks defenceman Douglas Murray (left) checks Jets left winger Andrew Ladd. Murray was traded to the Penguins yesterday. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:29 PM ET

The Pittsburgh Penguins turned up the heat on the Eastern Conference Stanley Cup contenders Monday.

A day after acquiring veteran winger Brenden Morrow from the Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero stayed ahead of the trade deadline pack by dealing for San Jose Sharks blueliner Douglas Murray in exchange for two second-round picks.

The Penguins were determined to get their shopping done in advance of the April 3 NHL trade deadline, so Shero brought in the two pieces he wanted before the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens or anybody else could get their paws on them.

“We identified what we wanted to accomplish up front and on defence if possible,” said Shero. “It’s usually supply and demand. But ‘Economics 101’ in this case is demand and supply. The demand is greater than the supply.


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